Ya know what, Matthews is right. It's time for Jeter to publicly support ARod, even if he has to grind his teeth flat to do so.
The book is out today. Time to start reading. And he doesn't even have to read it to come out and say, simply: "Alex is my teammate. Alex is our guy. Everyone in this clubhouse stands behind him."
And that has to include the captain. Because that's what captains do.
Today would be a fine day for Jeter to make himself available' to the media, just to let everyone - and one guy in particular - know he's got A-Rod's back.
UPDATE (8:05am, 2/4/09): So Jeter's now publicly supporting ARod. Good. It's not exactly a warm and fuzzy call for a group hug, but it will have to do.
"We've been down this road before. Alex is a teammate. I support him. Our whole team is behind him. We all support him."
"To be quite honest with you, it's old hearing the same questions. It's something that's been addressed before in the past. Everyone's moved beyond it. And it doesn't really need to be addressed again."